8 March 2013

NI Housing Professionals Shine at the CIH Housing Awards


The CIH Northern Ireland 4th Annual Housing Awards took place on Thursday 28 February, showcasing housing’s ‘best of the best’ over the last year.  The evening was hosted by BBC’s Tara Mills and Inside Housing’s Editor Stuart MacDonald at Belfast’s City Hall.

The Housing Awards is now in its fourth year in Northern Ireland and has been revitalised this year to include new nomination categories such as Landlord of the Year, Best Housing Story of 2012 and Sustainable Development of the Year Award.

Over 200 guests attended this prestigious event headlined sponsored by Oaklee Homes.  The sheer breadth and quality of this year’s entrants has once again surpassed all expectations of the judges.  The CIH aims each year to maximise excellence, innovation and recognise Housing Professionals who are making a difference.

Ian Elliott, Group Chief Executive of Oaklee commented: “Oaklee were delighted to be the headline sponsor of the CIH Awards for the fourth consecutive year. This prestigious award ceremony recognises truly inspirational examples of social housing and professionalism within the social housing movement. The Awards are also a great opportunity for housing professionals to develop partnerships and is an excellent platform to raise the profile of Oaklee Homes Group and the services we provide throughout Ireland. I would like to extend my congratulations once again to all the deserving winners of the night.”

Jim Dennison, Head of Operation at CIH NI said “We have been absolutely delighted with this year’s Annual Housing Awards! The quality of nominations has been outstanding. Many and well deserved congratulations to those shortlisted for Awards and to those who won them. We owe a huge thanks to our sponsors, our members, our supporters and the judging panel – all of whom made the Awards a night to remember!”

CIH NI would like to make special mentioned of our other sponsors for the NI Housing Awards, Fold Housing Association, Fusion 21, WJ Law, Insight HR, NIHE, Learning Pool, Tughans Solicitors, Willis Insurance Brokers, AgendaNi, The Big Lunch and Trinity Housing Association.  Our sponsors continuing endorsement of the awards is testament to its importance to the sector.

The CIH Award winners have been honoured in 11 categories. 

Landlord of the Year
Sean Donnelly, Smartmove South Region

Excellence in Customer Service Award
Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Raising Standards Award    

Sustainable Development of the Year
Trinity Housing Association / O’Hanlon & Farrell Contracts Ltd

Rising star award    
Sarah Corrigan, Housing Rights Service

More Than Bricks and Mortar Award    
Trinity Housing     

Working Together Award
WJ Law & Co LLP    

Housing Hero Award          
Habinteg Housing Association (Ulster) Ltd   

Effecting Efficiencies Award
Fold Housing Association

Best housing story of 2012
Michael Kelly, Omagh District Council

Chairmans Award        
Michael Kelly, Omagh District Council

Photo: Quintin Oliver, Director of Stratagem, Dr Jennifer Donald, Policy and Public Affairs Advisor CIH NI, David Law, WJ Law and Conor Mulligan, Managing Director Lagan Homes

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